Group Counseling Schedule
Interpersonal Process Groups
Past and present interactions with others contribute to shaping personality. Interpersonal Process Groups are often the treatment of choice for people who experience troubled relationships, loneliness, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and low self-esteem. These groups offer a safe environment to identify and explore feelings; to give and receive support and feedback; to practice new, healthier ways of relating to others; and to feel less lonely or isolated.
10:30 am – noon | Ben de Boer, PsyD & Ellen Marks, MS
1:30 – 3 pm* | Simone Collins, PhD & Danielle Gautt, LCSW
*students of color
3 – 4:30 pm | John McCullagh, PhD & Laura Minero, MA
3:15 – 4:45 pm | Katie Darnell, PsyD & Molly Kring, BA
11 am – 12:30 pm | Tracy Singer, PsyD & Dhriti Tiwari, BA
3 – 4:30 pm* | Jen Moulton, PhD & Gabi Koren, LCSW
*students with substance use concerns
10:30 am – noon | Jen Moulton, PhD & Shannon Neimeko, LPC
1 – 2:30 pm | Jeff Hird, PhD & Robyn Rauman, BS
3:15 – 4:45 pm* | Travis Fox, PsyD & Ben de Boer, PsyD
noon – 1:30 pm | Andrea Lawson, LCSW & Kate Onsgard, BA
3 – 4:30 pm | Jeff Hird, PhD & Brian Drozd, PsyD
3:15 – 4:45 pm* | Simone Collins, PhD & LeAnna Rice, MA, NCC
*students of color
10 – 11:30 am | Carla Davey, PhD & Rachel Bitman-Heinrichs, MA
10:30 – noon | Sarah Kohlstedt, PhD & Lisa Imhoff, LCSW
1:15 – 2:45 pm | Ben de Boer, PsyD & Jocelyn Gunnar, MA
1:30 – 3 pm | Sarah Kohlstedt, PhD & Eddie Edelson, MA
Break-Up Support Group
This five-week group is for students who experience difficulty coping with the break up of a romantic relationship. This group provides a supportive environment for students to explore various aspects of relationship break-ups through weekly discussions of common themes experienced by individuals when relationships end.
Tuesdays | 1:15 – 2:45 pm
Section I: Feb. 21 - March 28
Section II: April 4 - May 2
Group leader: Brian Drozd, PsyD
A supportive group environment focused on the emotional, behavioral, and organizational challenges associated with the dissertation process. Participants establish individual weekly research and personal goals, and share experiences and perspectives around common themes (e.g., procrastination, careers on or beyond the tenure track, advisor etiquette, and juggling multiple life roles).
Wednesdays | 12 – 1:30 pm
Group leader: Jo Hoese, PhD
Graduate Students’ Group
Graduate school is a unique stressor, a role different than undergraduate. This group will examine the sources of stress, ways of coping, and the role of peer support in adjusting to a role that often feels like it’s 24/7 as a graduate student at UW-Madison. Topics will be developed by group members, but may include: time management, financial stress, relationship concerns, burnout, isolation, and maintaining balance.
Tuesdays | 3:15 – 4:45 pm
Group leader: Felix Savino, PhD
Fridays | 8:30 – 10 am
Group Leader: Jo Hoese, PhD
Eating Concerns Recovery Support Group
This group is intended for students who are currently recovering from an eating disorder or distorted body image and would like to talk about themes essential to recovery in a supportive, safe environment. It will be a semi-structured, confidential group utilizing metaphor and story along with guided discussion to create community, provide support, and build insight and understanding.
Wednesdays | 2:30 – 4 pm
Group leaders: Katie Darnell, PsyD & Rachel Bitman-Heinrichs, MA
LGBTQ Support & Empowerment Group
A support and psychoeducational group for students who are navigating sexual and/or gender identity development and acceptance. Students who identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer, questioning, transgender, or any other personally meaningful term are all welcome to this group. Focus is on establishing positive connections with others and exploring the process of integrating one’s sexual and gender identities in authentic, self-affirming ways.
Tuesdays | 12:15 – 1:45 pm
Group leaders: Alyssa Levy-Hussen, MS & Todd Avellar, PhD
Wednesdays | 3:15 – 4:30 pm
Group leaders: Alyssa Levy-Hussen, MS & Jocelyn Gunnar, MA
Fridays | 11 am – noon
Group leader: Alyssa Levy-Hussen, MS
This group helps participants express and explore emotions related to their experiences of bereavement. Open to people who have lost a loved one (e.g., family member, friend). Combines sharing, discussion, support, and activities.
Tuesdays | 3 – 4:30 pm
Group leaders: Katie Darnell, PsyD
Fridays | 1:30 – 3 pm
Group leaders: Jen Moulton, PhD
Graduate Women’s Group
Common topics include relationships, academics, stress, depression and anxiety. Through offering support to others and receiving support, group members are challenged to learn about themselves, initiate change, and exercise honesty in a safe space.
Fridays | 3 – 4:30 pm
Group leaders: Andrea Levy, MD & Tracy Singer, PsyD
Coping Skills Workshop
This single session group is intended to provide interim support between mental health services appointments. Students will learn strategies to copy with various stressors that they are currently impacted by, to assist in managing stress prior to meeting with their treatment provider.
Mondays | 10:30 – 11:30 am
Group leaders: Greg Dezell, BS & Robyn Rauman, BS
Tuesdays | 2-3 pm
Group leaders: Jennifer Sampson, BA & Kate Onsgard, BA
Managing Challenges: Skill Building Groups – Undergrad & Grad / Concurrent individual therapy required
This group is based on four components, which are mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The sessions are designed to teach students skills based on the four components mentioned and to do so in a structured and supportive environment. Participants will learn and refine skills that modify behavioral, emotional, and thinking patterns associated with problems in relationships.
Mondays | 2:00 – 4:00
Group leaders: Carla Davey, PhD & Ellen Marks, MS
Thursdays | 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Group leaders: Jeff Peterson, LCSW & Molly Czech, LCSW
Managing Anxiety Workshop
Over the course of this four-week workshop, students will learn about anxiety and be introduced to strategies for coping with and managing anxious symptoms. Students will first receive psychoeducation regarding anxiety and assess how they experience anxiety. They will then learn mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral strategies to manage symptoms followed by support in developing longer term plans for coping and self-care.
Tuesdays | 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Section I: Feb. 7 - Feb. 28
Section II: March 7-April 4
Section III: April 11-May 2
Group Leaders Danielle Gautt
Exploring Your Habits: Substance Use Workshop
This four-week workshop is designed to give students the freedom to openly discuss their experiences with alcohol, drugs, and partying. Students are encouraged to examine how their alcohol and/or drug use enhances or detracts from their health, happiness, and success. They are also encouraged to consider ways to bring substance use or non-use in line with the values and goals. Students will participate in psychoeducational presentations, discussions and group activities which will help them reflect on their individual relationship with alcohol and/or drugs. It is NOT a prerequisite of this group to want to stop using. No judgement!
Thursdays| 1:30– 3 pm
Section I: Feb. 9-March 2
Section II: March 9-April 6
Section III: April 13-May 4
Group leaders: Gabi Koren, LCSW & Eddie Edelson, MA
Social Skills and Navigating the Dating World
Fridays | 3– 4:30 pm
Section I: Feb. 3 & Feb. 10
Section II: April 7 & April 10
Group leader: Dick Goldberg, LCSW
Plus Size Yoga
This group uses mindfulness to explore movement and the relationship between mind, body, and emotions. No prior yoga or mindfulness experience is necessary. The group is designed for individuals with a BMI of 30 or above including people with physical limitations. Referral from UHS staff required.
Mondays | 1:10 – 2 pm (6th floor)
Group Leader: Jan Schaefer, MS
Yoga will provide an hour of relaxing movement, stretching, and connecting mind and body. There will be three sessions offered. Referral from UHS staff required.
Mondays | 2:45 – 3:35 pm, 4 – 4:50 pm
Wednesdays | 11 – 11:50 am (6th floor)
Group Leader: Jan Schaefer, MS
Meditation is an ancient practice that can bring deep levels of calm and relaxation. The focus will be on breathing/concentration practices and different types of meditation. The meditation groups are ongoing and students can join at any time.
Tuesdays | 12 – 1 pm (Union South)
Wednesdays | 12 – 1 pm (Union South)
Group Leader: Bob McGrath, PsyD
Mindful Living Group
This group will help participants incorporate focused awareness into their lives, particularly in the areas of academics and studying, relationships, moods and stressors, eating, and generally helping members to develop a more balanced, purposeful, and aware lifestyle. The group will combine activities that promote mindfulness with reflection and discussion about ways members can be more present in their daily lives. Group meets for six sessions.
Wednesdays | 9:30 – 11:00 am
Group Leader: Tamar Kelson, PhD
Stress Management-Single Session
In this self-contained single session group, you’ll learn a few mindfulness-based stress reduction strategies for issues like insomnia, test anxiety, and pain management. We’ll end with a relaxation response exercise that’s easy to do on your own.
Wednesdays | 10 – 10:50 am (6th floor)
Group Leader: Rob Sepich, MA
Focus Your Attention-Single Session
This is a weekly single session group centered on increasing self-awareness, focus and attention. Participants will practice an array of strategies designed to strengthen attention, initiate and prioritize tasks, and minimize distractions and procrastination. If your mind was more focused on the here and now just think what you might accomplish.
Mondays | 11:30 – 12:30 pm (6th floor)
Group Leader: Lisa Webne-Behrman, PhD
Mindfully Addressing Anxiety
This six-week group is based on the principles of Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) building on the values of mindfulness and acceptance. Participants will learn and practice specific strategies for coping with distressful thoughts and feelings, engaging in the here and now through increased mindful awareness of the present moment, and connecting with personal values to develop meaningful and achievable goals.
Wednesdays | 11:30 – 1:00 pm (6th floor)
Group Leader: Lisa Webne-Behrman, PhD
Mindfulness Approach to Pain
The group focus is on building capacity for dealing with pain, increasing awareness of personal physical, cognitive, and emotional responses to pain, and learning and practicing skills for mindfully approaching pain. Skill building includes: understanding mindfulness, increasing awareness of how your body holds pain and tension, present moment awareness, working with emotional reactions to pain, cultivating quiet mind, intentionally creating relaxation in the present moment, and developing value based goals for addressing pain.
Thursdays | 1:30 – 3 PM (6th floor)
Groups Leaders: Tamar Kelson, PhD & Lisa Webne-Behrman, PhD